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RPS’ Albourne team volunteer to help restore River Ouse.
“Working together on the project with the river Adur and Ouse Trust was a unique experience.” Says Hannah Osborne, who is responsible for organising the volunteers from RPS and raising awareness of the programme’s importance.
Hannah is an Assistant Clean Water Modeller at RPS, but she is also staunchly committed to developing the Early Careers Development Programme, for which social value events, such as this one, are a major priority. For our RPS volunteers, it was an opportunity to go with the flow.
The RPS volunteers started by constructing wooden structures and placing them by the sides of the river. These wooden structures help the river in providing flow variability. They also assist in pool formation and retaining water such as in heavy rain, thus, reducing the severity of flooding downstream, exponentially improving the landscape diversity.
The wooden structures encourage gravel build-up as well, benefitting invertebrates and spawning fish. These structures offer a long-term natural, self-sufficient habitat enrichment, an alternative to the usual invasive and expensive alternatives.
Benjamin Bower, an Assistant Data Analyst at RPS, was one of the volunteers on that day. “I do sit at my desk for my work, but at the end of the day, we are an environmental company. So going out and doing something like this shows other people we do care, and it shows we stand for what we believe in.”
The team also spent a great portion of their time tending to and sustaining the riverbeds, planting agriculture and flora, to encourage a thriving landscape for plant life to grow and flourish. One of these activities involved clearing out weeds from the riverbeds particularly an invasive flower called Himalayan Balsam. The wildflower was introduced from the Himalayas in 1839 and is now an invasive weed of riverbanks and ditches, where it prevents native species from growing.
The RPS Volunteers ended the day by producing and fusing a series of stick bundles. These bundles are used to catch sediment and naturally build up the riverbed, increasing the diversity of flowering plants and directly benefitting pollinators.
“The day enabled us not only to enjoy our local natural surroundings, meet and work with new people, and become more educated in sustainable habitat conservation methods, but it also allowed us to become invested in a larger long-term positive future for a local habitat.” Said Hannah. “It was truly a very rewarding afternoon.”
Founded in 1970, RPS, A Tetra Tech Company (RPS) is a leading global professional services firm of 5,000 consultants and service providers. Operating in 125 countries, working across six continents we define, design and manage projects that create shared value to a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.
RPS delivers a broad range of services in six sectors: property, energy, transport, water, defence and government services and resources. Services provided across RPS' six sectors cover twelve service clusters: project and program management, design and development, water services, environment, advisory and management consulting, exploration and development, planning and approvals, health, safety and risk, oceans and coastal, laboratories, training and communications, creative and digital services.
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